Quilting links.

Coast range of, OR(Zone 8b)

Do you have a favorite quilting site? I am looking for a site that can help me with the basics, like how much fabric (on average) do I need to make a 9-patch queen size quilt.

Maybe if there are enough responses this could be made "sticky" for this forum.


Thanks for the links and keep them coming. This is all of the links organized by content:


Applique Patterns

General Quilting Sites

http://www.troy-corp.com/index.htm (full bolts only)

Yardage Calculation


Quilt as you go

Graph paper generator - http://www.incompetech.com/graphpaper/
Tying a quilt - http://www.needlepointers.com/displaypage.aspx?ArticleID=25735&URL=http://www.nmia.com/~mgdesign/qor/begin/tying.htm

This message was edited Feb 11, 2009 6:35 AM

Gainesville, FL(Zone 9a)


Im a paper piecer, so my sites and magazine of choice are above

I spend alot of time digging around in here as well, tips and charts, you do have to look tho.

Gainesville, FL(Zone 9a)


This will give you some great sites as well.

This message was edited Jul 5, 2008 10:55 AM

Fleming Island, FL(Zone 9a)

These are where I go to buy fabric:

www.connectingthreads.com ? All their fabric is just $6/yd and they have nice collections.
Also www.zandsfabrics.com They are up in Amish country (PA). I've called them looking for a specific fabric and they are wonderful.

If you happen to have a business license, and don't mind full bolts,
http://www.troy-corp.com/index.htm is another nice source.

As for helpful hints, definately Fons & Porter. All the larger quilt magazines have web sites.

Coast range of, OR(Zone 8b)


These are great.

(Pat) Kennewick, WA(Zone 5b)

Got2Bgreen, yardage info, in case you missed it on one of the above links: http://quilting.about.com/od/stepbystepquilting/ss/calculate_yards.htm

Cliff Dweller, WA(Zone 8b)

Here's a great one page explanation about bed spread sizes vs comforter sizes. Hopefully it will help you with your fabric decisions (measurements). I have noticed that there is a serious variable between sizes listed on pkging. Now...with the deeper mattresses and pillow foam tops...you have to know what your bed measures.

http://www.decordecoratinganddesign.com/articles/bedding-comforters.shtml This link is kind of cranky so just hold down CNTRL and then click it with your mouse. It works when you do that.

Garden Glory...
I want to do some paper piecing. I did it once in a class (we made our signature blocks by paper piecing). It was a lot of fun! Any beginner books or websites on that topic you can send me to?

Thanks for the links! They look good!

This message was edited Jul 20, 2008 6:55 PM

Coast range of, OR(Zone 8b)

More links I have found helpful:

Graphing paper to design your quilts: http://www.incompetech.com/graphpaper/
Free applique patterns: http://www.freeapplique.com/

Fleming Island, FL(Zone 9a)

Awhile back someone on one of these threads asked about prices for long arem quilting.
Although I doubt I'll be able to take many before late Dec, I did figure out the pricing.

For a regular fill, all over meander it is .02/inch. So multiply (width X length) X .02. For a throw size that comes out to @$50.

For a closer stitch - stipple - that would be .04/inch.

If anyone would like more info, plse d-mail me.

And now on to doing some machine allpique - not my favorite but I force myself to experiment from time to time.

Coast range of, OR(Zone 8b)

Standard Sizes for Lining from this post from CindyInAZ: http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/798846/ includes a link to this site for free patterns: http://quiltmaker.com/ and to McCall's Quick Quilts here: http://quickquilts.com/

(Audrey) Dyersburg, TN(Zone 7a)

Where would I post to find out how to price a quilt I want to make?

(Pat) Kennewick, WA(Zone 5b)

I would start a thread in this forum with something like "Your help needed! Help price a quilt". Some of these ladies surely have sewn for profit.

(Audrey) Dyersburg, TN(Zone 7a)

OK. but I don't know how to start a thread!

(Pat) Kennewick, WA(Zone 5b)

Doe, go to the listing of the Sewing & Quilting forum by clicking on the link below the last post in this thread. When you get there, BELOW the last thread listed, there will be a place where you can "start a new thread". Shoot me a D-mail if you have trouble with it.

(Audrey) Dyersburg, TN(Zone 7a)

I found it! Thanks!

(Pat) Kennewick, WA(Zone 5b)

You're welcome! You might even put a link to YOUR NEW THREAD here on this thread so you could get people to follow you over. That might also prove helpful.

(Audrey) Dyersburg, TN(Zone 7a)

How do you do that?

(Pat) Kennewick, WA(Zone 5b)

Open a 2nd window in your internet browser. Keep this thread open. Go to the NEW thread and click on the internet address & copy it. Paste that address into a new post on this thread and it will create a hyperlink. Preview your work and you'll "see" what will actually post is a link rather than the internet address.

Fleming Island, FL(Zone 9a)

All - anyone looking for a GREAT sale on fabrics????

go here: http://zandsfabrics.com/default.asp

We've added hundred of fabrics to our $3.59 clearance section.
All Rowan fabrics are now $5.99! All Free Spirit fabrics are now $5.99 There are so many price reductions, they are just too numerous to mention...
Stop by Z&S Fabrics and find your next project.
Again, thank you for sharing a wonderful year with us.

These are all 1st quality, name brand fabrics. And the 2 ladies who run the site are wonderful.

Fremont, CA(Zone 9a)

My wife is a prolific paper piecer. Her favorite is http://paperpanache.com/ be sure to check out the Freebies (on the left) and the Mysteries (a free mystery pattern every once in a while.) My wife finally learned how to run the computer, so that she could get all the parts of http://paperpanache.com/ecart/croziernat.htm the free at the time Nativity pattern.
More paper (or Foundation) piecing at http://piecebynumber.com/ http://www.planetpatchwork.com/fndpiece.htm http://www.geocities.com/pcpiecers/freepatterns.html
and a nice intro to how to at http://www.nmia.com/~mgdesign/qor/technique/pfp.htm

I help sometimes as the operator of Electric Quilt http://electricquilt.com/ which will do a good deal of the work to convert your idea to a foundation pattern.

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Sanford, ME

Just wanted to drop a quick line to let everyone know about a great new height adjustable sewing table you can view the different models available at www.sewperfecttables.com - prices start around $425 - which is the most affordable I have found for a table this solid. If you are in need of a sewing table I highly recommend checking them out!

Also, if anyone is looking to buy or sell a used sewing machine or any accessories, be sure to visit:


They are a new site trying to grow their member base. They will be marketing heavily at associated trade shows. Retailers and private listers can join. It's a very affordable site to sell up to ten items at once - free to browse! Let's help them grow while creating a great new resource for sewers!!

Thank you!

Coast range of, OR(Zone 8b)

Updated some of the links in the first post. I'm out of edits for today....

Gainesville, FL(Zone 9a)

O wow, I missed potemup. You know I have been looking for another paper piecer. The wife is a bit a ahead fo me. Thanks for those links.

thanks gtg...been away most of jan from computer, I culd have missed that.

Alachua, FL

A friend ask me to make him a quilt top using Crown Royal bags. Has anyone done anything like this? Any suggestions? I've made a t-shirt quilt for each of my sons and thot to do something similar but would like to do something different. Any suggestions are appreciated!

(Barb) Manchester, NH(Zone 5a)

Those bags would make a nice rag quilt. I think they would fluff out nicely.

(Pat) Kennewick, WA(Zone 5b)

Enlighten me, Crown Royal bag, what is it? Is it a blue velvet looking bag or am I picturing something else?

Alachua, FL

they're more purple/violet velvet with gold trim and drawstrings. but i think you've got the right "picture"
I'll check out the rag quilt, sounds like a good idea. Thanks

Wichita, KS(Zone 6a)

I've made several quilts from Crown Royal bags. Here's the one for my fiance. I used the Professional Textile Detergent from Dharma Trading Company to wash the bags and set the color. The first thing to know is that the bags are very easy to work with, however, they were originally intended for decorative uses rather than quilts. I found that the dye varies a little bit once they are washed. They don't fade drastically but you'll want to wash them with either the PTD above or a product called Synthropol. Once washed and air dried, you'll be able to see the color variances and sort your bags accordingly. I took mine outside in a shady spot and the differences really showed well. Washing the bags is a must to prevent dye migration if you'll be using other fabrics. I also found that the size of the bag doesn't matter because the Crown Royal lettering is the same size on all the different bag sizes except those really tiny ones. One word of advice...wash the bags intact, don't cut them up then wash them. I learned the hard way after pulling a snarl of bags and threads out of the washer that couldn't be salvaged! After they are washed, they are very easy to work with. I cut the face and the back apart without harming the long side strips. Those come in very handy for borders. The bags are actually a flannel and make a very cozy quilt.

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Wichita, KS(Zone 6a)

oops! I picked the wrong photo! here is a better one.

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(Barb) Manchester, NH(Zone 5a)

What a great quilt!!!! What colors were used with the bags? I'm so glad you are a part of the Glutton Swap. Can't wait to see what comes.

Wichita, KS(Zone 6a)

thank you! basically 14 different fabrics. 7 whites and 7 blacks graded to blend in the middle. I fell in love with the book "French Braid Quilts" so the pattern is in the book and very very easy to do.

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(thunder)Wildwood, FL(Zone 9a)


some very nice wide quilt backing fabrics on sale here ;-}

(Pat) Kennewick, WA(Zone 5b)

Yes, that blue background with primary color swirls would be cute with our Baby quilt challenge fabric!

(thunder)Wildwood, FL(Zone 9a)

yeah, I ordered some of that one....and some other stuff, for baby challenge, and for grand-baby ;-}

(Cheryl) Wilmington, MA

www.qnntv.com This site has a very large video library nice place to go.

www.thequiltshow.com This one is Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims show

both of these you need to pay a membership but fun to watch and keeps you up on whats new

Alamogordo, NM(Zone 7b)

I can highly recommend Sew Thankful. Most of the others have already added my favs. But I do enjoy just looking at photos of quilts and love checking out flickr photos for that. They often have whole sets of photos taken at quilt shows. A fun way to see the show!
http://www.flickr.com/groups/[email protected]/
that is just one of the quilt groups on flickr, enjoy, Joyce

Villelongue-dels-mon, France


this is very comprehensive.

Youngstown, NY

here is a site with many free patterns. She also has some on her site.

sentimentalstitches.com has a lot of patterns and info.

Youngstown, NY

Searching for a certain fabric?
www.fabricdepot has nice quilting fabric and great sales.
Trying to think of more.

Youngstown, NY


different deal everyday.

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